I have difficulty with paper. I know how to write, and can take notes, jot things down, doodle, and write paragraphs. My difficulty is in managing many pieces of paper, forms, IEPs, and memos---stack of papers end up on every flat surface. I'm getting better at filing, but still, it's a constant struggle.
Enter iPad forms and google docs! Last summer, I worked in the Extended School Year program, and decided to try taking attendance with the iPad. If you do not know how to create a Google form for taking data, go to an earlier post here. This post merely provides the reader with another use of a Google form with the assumption that you know how to make the form.
You can then choose to see a Summary of Responses by going into your Google Spreadsheet and looking under 'Form'. The image below shows how your data can be automatically graphed.
This attendance form was easy to use and paperless. Spreadsheets can be easily shared with supervisors and co-workers. I can add more categories during the regular school year such as the times children did not get their speech session due to meetings the therapist had to attend, or due to class field trips. It's imperative that all special education professionals document their time and the children's time to make sure IEP requirements are being met. Google forms and spreadsheets can help with this.